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Coucho Marx
Mar 2, 2009

kick back and relax


Laterite posted:

There's a lot of DS9 episodes that get harder and grimmer to watch with each passing year.

Nebakenezzer posted:

Honestly curious for a list of that

No list, but there's a two-parter from right in the middle of season 4 (Homefront/Paradise Lost) that aged terrifyingly well. As a result of the threat of changelings (shapeshifter enemies) possibly infiltrating Earth following multiple violent encounters with the Dominion, the government invokes draconian security measures (blood tests, scans etc.), with Sisko finding himself agreeing with - and demanding - these changes. After all, it's his station on the front line, and he's fought these people more than once. An attack on infrastructure (that turns out to be a false flag operation) results in temporary emergency powers for the military, dangerously escalating the situation and giving the changelings an opportunity to frame Sisko to their benefit.

It sounds like I'm really laying all this on thick, but the show does too, really beating you over the head with with the foolishness of a people's and government's turn to paranoia and authoritarianism that happened after 9/11, with other characters, like Sisko's dad (who makes a great point about how easily the changelings could get around some of these measures), representing the damage this kind of reaction can do to an innocent populace, which is weird considering it aired in early 1996.

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